Our brief tour of the magnificent Galvez Hotel in Galveston, Texas, (see yesterday’s entry) prompted us to return the next Sunday for the hotel’s acclaimed brunch buffet. We were seated in the beautiful high-ceilinged Galvez Bar & Grill, but we did notice that the large event spaces were also being used. And we were somewhat surprised to find the buffet tables set in the lobby where, when service was at its height, diners were required to dodge departing guests who were rolling their luggage through the buffet. Had I been running things I would have spread the buffet through the larger event spaces—but who am I to criticize? (This photo was taken later in the day when the crowds had dispersed.)
After receiving our mimosa (Chuck) and glass of champagne (me), I ventured forth to create my first plate and to reconnoiter the set up.
I next sampled a cup of decent, but not great, seafood gumbo that contained the Cajun holy trinity of onion, celery, and green bell pepper along with shrimp and okra.
My turn again. And you will note that I have thus far managed not to consume a starch or vegetable. This streak continues, and I returned with (from left to right) the bourbon glazed ham, chipotle glazed pork, and jerk chicken.
Chuck was a bit more selective with his third plate and only returned with more roasted potatoes and more prime rib.
It was time for dessert, and again comparing the Galvez unfavorably with Seven Feathers, I found the choices of peach cobbler, cheesecake, lava cake, bar cookies, and ice cream to be rather uninspiring. So instead I selected a cheese blintz from the breakfast station along with a good-sized portion of tangy bleu cheese.
Before going for his dessert, Chuck wandered off to photograph the pianist who had entertained us while dining.
(And not long after that meeting, they read some of the blog entries and passed on the information to Clyde Steddum, the Vice Chairman of the Galveston Park Board of Trustees. The next thing we knew, the four of them and Clyde’s wife Margo dropped in for a visit. What a pleasant surprise. This was followed with an invitation to join them at the next Sunday church service and lunch together after church.)
Back to Brunch.
Following the conversation at the dessert table, Chuck returned with a slice of good, although not overly memorable, cheesecake.
To review the role of Adler and the Addie rating system, read the November 14, 2011 blog.